Friday, May 30, 2014

Relationship Advice for My Younger Self

Damyanti at Daily (w)rite posed the question What Relationship Advice Would You Give Your 16-Year-Old Self? on her blog. This got me thinking, What would I tell myself at age 16, now that I'm older and wiser?

Thinking back to who I was at age 16 - I was an awkward teenager. I was shy. I didn't have a boyfriend, and at that time, to me, that was devastating. It seemed like every other girl on the planet had a boyfriend. I obsessed about it.

I would love to tell me at that age, having a boyfriend (or not) wasn't that important. There are far more important things that being 16 should be about. Building friendships. Becoming confident in your own identity.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our 2014 Summer Bucket List

We've been on summer break for a couple of weeks, but I don't officially consider it summertime until after Memorial Day. I know that I could easily spend the whole summer inside my house avoiding the heat, but that wouldn't be fun for me or the small people. Instead I've created a Summer Bucket List. I've even made it a fun pdf file that you can get by clicking on the link.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Curriculum for 2014-15

Deciding on curriculum for this year was much more difficult than the past few years. Since The Boy is starting high school curriculum, I wanted to make sure I made the best decision. I mentioned in my post about mapping out the high school years that we'll be going through the high school years using a block schedule, completing 4 courses each semester.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Can You Hear My Heart Breaking?

Ballerina Girl is nicknamed Ballerina for a reason - she absolutely LOVES ballet. She started dance when she was 3 and took 3 years of combo tap/ballet classes. Then she moved to a dance school that focuses on nothing but ballet, taking 2 more years of classes before auditioning for company. Since then, she's spent an additional 3 years dancing with the company.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kids Email Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for KidsEmail.org. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation.

Soccer Girl has been wanting to have her own email account for a while. She hasn't been able to have one since a) most services have a minimum age requirement of 13 and b) I wasn't comfortable with the lack of safety settings on most services. I hear so much about online predators - not to mention spam, vulgarity, and viruses - that I want to make sure my daughters are safe online.

Monday, May 19, 2014

So You Want Some Screen Time?

We started summer vacation last week. In past summers, the small people spent (or wanted to spend) far too much time in front of a screen - computer screen, television screen, video game screen, etc. I don't want that to be the case this summer. I would rather they spend the majority of their free time outside, reading, helping around the house, etc., so I came up with a screen time policy that will hopefully help with this.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Twins

My sweet twin girls turned 11 today. Eleven years ago, I was blessed with 2 precious baby girls who were born 8 weeks early. You can read more of their birth story here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mapping out High School

Around the beginning of this year, I was hit with the reality that The Boy will be graduating from high school in 4 years. Although he did 2 classes this year for high school credit, next year will be his first official high school year. This thought made me a bit freaked out, nervous, anxious...you name it, I felt it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

He's 14!

I can't believe The Boy is 14! I think I say this every year, but it seems like yesterday that he was born. He's growing into an incredible young man - responsible (most of the time), hard-working, helpful. Over the past year, he's accomplished quite a lot: taking his first high school level courses, completing his Eagle Scout project, and winning the state championship with his travel soccer team.

Monday, May 5, 2014

I did it! Reflections on the A to Z Challenge


For the 2nd year in a row, I completed the A to Z Challenge. It's definitely named correctly; it is a challenge.
  • I struggle with writing something every day; life with my small people keeps me busy and finding time to sit down to write can be difficult. 
  • Coming up with content, especially a topic for each letter of the alphabet, is challenging. I appreciate those of you who take the time to read what I write, and I want to make what I share is at least somewhat interesting and/or entertaining.
  • There are so many good blogs to visit and not enough time to visit them all during April. Over 2000 bloggers took part in the challenge. There was NO WAY I was going to be able to visit them all in just 30 short days. 
You might be asking yourself, if it's that much of a challenge, why do it? Here's why:
  • Every now and then, my brain needs a good challenge. I could easily go through each day doing the same things I do every day and never have to really think
  • This year I chose a theme that worked with our homeschool. Sassy wanted to do some alphabet art projects, so we did an animal craft for each letter of the alphabet (or almost all of them LOL). Not only did I get to spend quality time with Sassy, but I also had the opportunity to do research to learn some fun facts about each animal. I rediscovered how much fun doing research can be. (Yes, I'm nerdy that way.)
  • I have formed relationships with other A to Z challenge participants. There are some phenomenal blogs out there written by some incredible people. I love getting to know other bloggers, and I'm always looking for good blogs to read.
This year I had the added benefit of being one of AJ's wHooligans. Basically, I got to help one of the co-hosts, AJ from Naturally Sweet, monitor the list of participating blogs.
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